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CAT'S MEOW: Officials hope adoptions ‘shower’ on shelter
by Bill Baldowski
June 18, 2014 03:44 PM | 2282 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Douglas County Animal Control Resource Officer Liz Marino holds a kitten named Tabitha, who is available for adoption at the shelter.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal Douglas County Animal Control Resource Officer Liz Marino holds a kitten named Tabitha, who is available for adoption at the shelter.
An event designed to bring together individuals and families seeking a four-legged friend is set this Saturday at the Douglas County Animal Control Shelter.

The shelter’s first kitten and puppy shower is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at the shelter at 1755 County Services Road in Douglasville, said Douglas County Animal Control Resource Officer Liz Marino.

Marino said this event, which will include refreshments for visitors, is designed to convince those who have visited the shelter in the past to return, even if they did not adopt a pet.

“We hope they will return and see some of our new arrivals,” she said.

Marino said she also hoped the event will attract first-time visitors to see firsthand how a pet can enhance the life of an individual or family.

“We encourage families to bring their children and witness the special bond that quickly develops between children and pets,” she said.

Marino said there are several reasons for shelter officials to host such an event, including its over-abundance of kittens and cats.

The county government is planning a new shelter in Deer Lick Park near Lithia Springs to replace the current facility, which has a capacity for about 80 animals.

“Right now, [the shelter has] more than 100 cats or kittens available,” Marino said.

As a result, throughout this month, the shelter is offering a $20 discount on the adoption fee of a cat or kitten.

“We have reduced our adoption fee for cats or kittens only from the regular $35 per animal to $15,” Marino said.

Upon arriving at the shelter, the animals, as part of the adoption fee, are immediately vaccinated for distemper, adenovirus, para-influenza, parvo and boratella, Marino said.

The animal also receives anti-worm and flea treatments, she said.

“It is up to the adopting individual or family to have the animal spayed or neutered and be vaccinated against rabies within 30 days of adoption,” Marino said.

Marino encouraged visitors to also bring a toy for the animals or donate canned and dry cat and dog food, which is always needed.

If you go:

When: Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: 1755 County Services Road, Douglasville

Information: (770) 942-5961
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